Connecting the Pieces

I'll be leading two sessions at the annual Connecting the Pieces conference, hosted by sd35 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.


Session 1 : Playful Communities

We are members of multiple communities: cities, neighbourhoods, schools, classrooms, and more. How can we engage communities of all sizes with interactive experiences to communicate the power of play-based learning? This session is an opportunity to revisit the joy of true play, and take away ideas for engaging your community through play.

You will see vivid examples of hands-on, interactive play installations created for children and families, and explore materials and provocations. Engage in dialogue around translating these large-scale examples of open-ended community play to other groups: for example, stations in a classroom, or a classroom or school event to engage families. Come prepared to play with interesting ideas and materials!

Session 2 : Reflection and the "Teacher Self"

As educators, we are always thinking about children. In this workshop, participants will explore the idea of the “teacher self” through play and writing. Participants will explore their own ideas, questions, biases, joys, and ideas about teaching practice. Why do we make the decisions we make? What are we drawn to, and what are we afraid of? This session is an opportunity to reflect and think, and to learn about structures and practices that can make reflection a regular part of your teaching practice—it is simpler and more rewarding than you think!

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WAEYC Annual Conference

I am sharing two sessions at the annual WAEYC Conference in Lynnwood, WA this year.  These sessions offer MERIT Hours for Washington Early Educators.

Friday, October 27 : Full day, hands-on Play Lab for Educators, 10:30 am - 5 pm

Play Lab is a curated installation of materials, offered to the audience for play however they would like. The session is an opportunity to spark practitioners' imaginations, developing a curiosity about materials by interacting with them!

Educators can interact with colleagues and co-teachers, learning new and out-of-the-box ideas for open-ended play in the classroom. Play prompts will include (but are not limited to) light and shadow; cardboard play; tabletop loose parts; and clay experiences.  Experience materials in a brand new way, and refresh your classroom experience for yourself and your students.

Saturday, October 28 : The Secret Life of Materials8:30 am - 10:30 am

In this session, Participants will explore open-ended materials through play. Can materials do more than we expect them to?  How can we curate materials in the classroom environment for children’s deep engagement? Participants will learn about sourcing free- and low-cost materials for their setting, and deepen their understanding of the endless potential of materials.

This session includes an element of reflective practice, with educators making deep connections with their own play ideas and preferences to gain an understanding of how those personal values affect planning and implementing play-centered curriculum.

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